Apple Music crosses 60 mn subscriber mark

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple Music has surpassed 60 million subscribers globally in the past four years since its launch in 2015, company’s iTunes chief Eddy Cue has said. Cue said this in an interview with French media site Numerama, and added that “in the Apple ecosystem, Apple Music is the number one streaming service”. In April 2018, the subscriber number was at 40 million and a report from July 2018 claimed that Apple Music had more paying users than Spotify in the US, news portal GSM Arena reported late on Thursday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app It gained 10 million subscribers in the first six months of its launch on June 30, 2015 and the numbers went up to 20 million in December 2016. Apple Music’s paid subscriber count in January was at over 50 million, as per the iPhone-maker, while Spotify had reached the 75-million mark. The Cupertino-based company is also expected to revamp the way users access Apple Music in its upcoming macOS Catalina update. Following price cuts by domestic music streaming services like JioSaavn and Gaana in India, Apple is now offering Apple Music subscription for Rs 99/month from the previous of Rs 120/month. With Apple Music’s new monthly plan, the iPhone-maker has become cheaper than Spotify that charges Rs 119/month in India. According to consulting firm Deloitte, online music market in India is expected to surpass $273 million by March 2020.last_img read more

Cape Bretons famed Cabot Trail reopens after washout more rain expected

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – A section of Cape Breton’s famed Cabot Trail has reopened after heavy rain washed out stretches of the coastal highway and damaged other roads in the area.Several days of steady rainfall have left the land saturated and watercourses brimming with water.With more rain on the way, residents on the island are fearing the worst.Victoria County warden Bruce Morrison said sections of the Cabot Trail were submerged under water and impassable.He said numerous homes in the area have flooded basements and the situation could worsen.Up to another 50 millimetres of rain are expected before Cape Breton skies begin to clear late Thursday.“Most residents will continue to be very concerned until rain lets up,” Morrison said. “It’s a concern not only in residential areas but there has been farmland affected by the conditions.”The Nova Scotia Transportation Department’s area manager, Stephen MacDonald, said some roadways have been reopened with minor damage that still needs repair while other roads could be closed for weeks.“Two roads are still closed to through traffic because large culverts were washed out,” he said. “The heavy rain washed debris downstream and blocked the entrance to the culverts, causing flooding.”He said new environmental regulations require the department to meet more stringent design criteria when replacing road infrastructure like culverts.The department needs to build for a one-in-a-hundred-year storm event, as well as make considerations for fish passage, MacDonald said.Meanwhile, Sydney-area residents are on edge about swelling brooks and streams.Cape Breton Regional Municipality spokeswoman Christina Lamey said people have their sump pumps “going like crazy” to keep basements dry.While there are currently no reports of overland flooding or road closures in the area, she said city crews are closely monitoring waterways and changes in weather that could worsen the situation.Unlike the flash flooding in Sydney last October after 225 millimetres of rain fell in a day, the region is under a large low pressure area that has lingered for days.Still, Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby said much of Cape Breton has seen rainfalls levels in the last nine days that surpass what would normally fall in a month.As a result, she said the ground is saturated with water and has little ability to absorb more rain.A rainfall warning remains in effect for metro Sydney and Inverness, Richmond, Victoria and Cape Breton counties.— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Ski program for Indigenous youth expands throughout Western Canada

first_imgEDMONTON — A charity that runs cross-country ski programs for Indigenous youth is expanding across Western Canada.Spirit North, which was founded in 2009, started in four First Nation communities in northern Alberta to improve the health and well being of Indigenous youth through outdoor sport and play.“We gradually expanded our footprint out from there,” said Beckie Scott, an Olympic medallist who runs the charity. “In the last four years, we began working in the south of Alberta — in the Morley area as well as Tsuut’ina.”With the help of a federal government grant, they added three communities in B.C. in 2018. Another grant will allow the program to further expand in B.C. and into Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the coming year.Scott, who first made a name for herself in 2002 when she captured Olympic gold in Salt Lake City, initially joined the program as an ambassador after retiring from competition following a silver medal win at the 2006 Turin Olympics. She also became a leading international voice to root out doping in sports.Her contributions to sport led to her appointment as an officer of the Order of Canada last week.In an interview with The Canadian Press prior to the announcement, she said she spent some time searching for her next role.“I was really inspired and intrigued by the idea of sport for development — the concept that sport could be something other than high performance and Olympics,” said Scott. “I was very interested in … the idea that it could be used to make a difference for people, especially kids.”During her time as an ambassador with Spirit North, she said she saw its value and ended up taking over as the charity’s chief executive officer last year.The program, which fits with several of the calls to action for reconciliation, creates opportunities for Indigenous children to benefit from outdoor sport.“We bring a fleet of cross-country skis and boots and poles — all the equipment necessary — to the school and then operate the program all day long, trying to get every kid out on skis,” explained Scott. “It’s a really play-based approach so it’s fun, it’s supported, it’s learning and skills.”Scott said each community tailors the program to its needs, deciding how many times a week to run it and bringing in volunteers for support.“We talk a lot about healthy lifestyles, about mental health also — you know how physical activity and sport really make you feel better on the inside and help you deal with frustrations and stress you might be experiencing,” she said.They are operating in 33 communities across Alberta and B.C. and another six will get started in Saskatchewan and Manitoba early in the new year.During a panel discussion at the Banff Mountain Film Festival earlier this year, the principal of one of the schools involved said it has had a positive effect.“It’s so exciting to be a part of Spirit North,” said Jeff Horvath, who works at the Grade 5 to 12 school on Tsuut’ina Nation in Alberta. “The impact is really great. What we really want to do is ignite passion in our young people.“It’s nice to enjoy the children being children because so often our kids are put in situations that no children should be dealing with.”Scott said they get great feedback from all the schools where the program operates.“We see so many success stories and hear so much from teachers in terms of the way that they have observed students who come out of their shells or who aren’t performing academically or are struggling in the classroom, and they see them blossom when they are out in the schoolyard with their skis on,” she said.“We’ve had kids tell us ‘this program has made me want to come to school, it made me feel like I can be good at something, like I belong, like I’m included.’”— Follow @cderworiz on Twitter.Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trudeau expected to admit mistakes but nothing illegal in SNCLavalin affair

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will try to put the SNC-Lavalin affair behind him today by acknowledging mistakes were made and promising to do better in future.But while he’ll adopt a more conciliatory tone, well-placed sources say Trudeau will continue to insist there was no unethical or illegal behaviour involved. Rather, he is expected to attribute the controversy to a breakdown in trust and communications between his office and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the statement Trudeau is scheduled to make at an early morning news conference today.Trudeau’s government has been reeling for the past month since allegations first surfaced that Wilson-Raybould was improperly pressured to stop a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and was punished for her refusal to give in by being moved out of the justice portfolio to veterans affairs in an early January cabinet shuffle.She resigned from cabinet shortly after the controversy erupted. Her close friend and cabinet ally, Treasury Board president Jane Philpott, resigned in solidarity on Monday, saying she’d lost confidence in the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.Along the way, Trudeau’s principal secretary, longtime friend and trusted adviser Gerald Butts, also resigned.Butts testified before the House of Commons justice committee Wednesday, methodically and calmly rebutting explosive testimony from Wilson-Raybould the week before that she was relentlessly pressured last fall — and even received veiled threats about her future as justice minister — to intervene in the criminal trial of the Montreal engineering giant.Wilson-Raybould maintained the pressure was exerted to convince her to reverse a decision by the director of public prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel, to pursue a criminal trial of SNC-Lavalin on charges of bribery and corruption related to contracts in Libya.She said Trudeau, his senior aides, the clerk of the Privy Council and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office all wanted her to direct Roussel to negotiate a remediation agreement, which would have forced the company to pay stiff reparations while avoiding a possible criminal conviction that could threaten its financial viability and the livelihoods of its 9,000 Canadian employees. While the pressure was inappropriate, Wilson-Raybould said it was not illegal.Butts countered that all they wanted was for Wilson-Raybould to seek a second opinion from an eminent retired judge so that the government could demonstrate it had seriously considered all legal options, given the jobs that were potentially at stake. He maintained all involved recognized that the final decision was the attorney general’s alone and no one crossed the line into applying inappropriate pressure.Butts also laid the groundwork for the approach Trudeau is expected to take today.“A breakdown in the relationship between the former attorney general and the prime minister occurred,” he told the committee. “That breakdown coloured the unrelated events of the fall of 2018 in a negative light for many of the people involved. As the main point of contact in the PMO for the former minister of justice, I take responsibility for it.”Insiders believe Butts offered a credible counter-narrative that now allows the prime minister to say both sides thought they were doing the right thing but a breakdown in communications between them led to the rupture.In owning some responsibility for the mistakes, the sources said Trudeau will essentially be offering a way for Wilson-Raybould and Philpott to walk back their professed loss of confidence in the government, rejoin the Liberal team and move on with the heavy agenda he hopes to accomplish before Canadians head to the polls in October.Both former ministers have said they intend to continue as part of the Liberal caucus and both have been nominated to run again for the Liberals this fall. However, should they persist in saying they have no confidence in Trudeau’s government, the source said Liberal MPs would likely demand they be kicked out of caucus and Trudeau would refuse to allow them to run for the party again.Wilson-Raybould showed little sign Wednesday of relenting. Opposition members of the justice committee are pushing for her to be invited back to respond to Butts’ testimony and she indicated in a statement that she’d be happy to do so.Opposition parties also have no interest in letting Trudeau portray the controversy as a family dispute that can be fixed and forgotten. They will doubtless continue asserting that the affair amounts to political interference in the criminal justice system and demanding that all other officials named by Wilson-Raybould be called to testify.Moreover, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has requested that the RCMP investigate the matter and the federal ethics commissioner is conducting his own investigation into it — either of which could yet add fuel to the SNC-Lavalin fire.Joan Bryden , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dental hygienist loses licence as sexual abuser for treating his wife

first_imgTORONTO — A dental hygienist stripped of his licence as a sexual abuser because he treated his wife has lost his bid to have the punishment overturned.Ontario’s Divisional Court decision upholding the “harsh” punishment for Alexandru Tanase comes even though regulators have proposed allowing hygienists to treat spouses as dentists may do.“There is no other case of any dental hygienist anywhere in Canada who has been found guilty of sexual abuse for treating his wife,” the court said in its ruling. “It is indeed unfortunate that the (discipline committee) elected to proceed with the complaint.”A disciplinary hearing arose after a complaint to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario from a colleague, who had spotted a June 2016 Facebook post from Tanase’s grateful wife, identified as S.M., about the care he had provided her.Evidence before the discipline committee was that S.M. feared dental treatment and had had no care for several years when she became platonic friends with Tanase in 2012. He soon provided her with free in-office treatment.In mid-2014, court records show, they became romantically involved and he stopped treating her because of the blanket ban on sexual relations between health-care professionals and their patients. The province enacted the zero-tolerance policy in 1993 to protect patients from exploitation. Consent is irrelevant.While working at a clinic in Guelph, Ont., a colleague told Tanase that dental hygienists were allowed to treat their spouses. In fact, the college approved a spousal exemption in September 2015 but the legislature never adopted the rule — as it has done for dentists.Based on his erroneous understanding of the law, Tanase began again treating his otherwise treatment-averse fiancee, and continued doing so after they married in early 2016.The discipline committee ruled it had no choice but to find Tanase had violated the ban on sexual relations with a patient — even though the patient was his spouse and the sex consensual — and therefore subject to mandatory licence revocation.“You have paid a heavy price,” the committee said. “We sincerely hope to see you again as an active member of the dental hygiene profession.”Tanase appealed to the courts, arguing the law violated his constitutional rights.In its ruling, the Divisional Court panel said Tanase posed no danger to the public, and expressed sympathy for the couple given that he cannot practise for at least five years.The panel noted a previous case in which the college took no action against a female hygienist who treated her husband in light of their pre-existing spousal relationship and questioned why the Tanase complaint had gone forward. The court also said it seemed unfair that dentists can treat their spouses but hygienists can’t.Nevertheless, the panel ruled the licence revocation as a “sexual abuser” and “stigma” of having details of his discipline posted on the college’s public website were constitutional and did not amount to cruel or unusual punishment. Current law and previous legal decisions upholding the validity of the sex ban and mandatory punishment for a violation had tied its hands, the court said.“Unless and until the Ontario government approves the regulation put forward by the College of Dental Hygienists to enact a spousal exemption, the mandatory revocation and ancillary relief imposed by the discipline committee as they pertain to spouses must be upheld,” the panel said.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cage fighter in Yukonstyle federal election race

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Juno award-winning musician, a former cage fighter, a climate change specialist and Canada’s hardest working MP are all vying for Yukon’s only federal seat.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story about the heated election race in the Yukon.last_img

Violence against scribes Take action Editors Guild tells EC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Editors Guild has condemned several incidents of physical attack on journalists in Bengal during the fifth phase of polling and urged the Election Commission to take action against those who indulged in such acts. Physical attacks against journalists are always reprehensible but particularly so during elections as they undermine fair media scrutiny of an election, the Guild said in a statement. The Editors Guild said it condemns several incidents of physical attack on journalists in Bengal on May 6, during the fifth phase of polling. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaJournalists belonging to different media organisations including NewsX, ABP Ananda and Zee News were attacked, allegedly by workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the statement said. The Guild urges the EC to initiate necessary action against those who indulged in physical violence against journalists and asks the Bengal government to ensure law and order in the state so that journalists are not attacked by political parties and they can perform their professional duties safely, it said.last_img read more

32 ISIS Terrorists Killed in Northern Syria

Istanbul  – At least 32 ISIS terrorists were killed in northern Syria in the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield, according to a Turkish General Staff statement released on Friday.Also, 119 ISIS targets, including the terror group’s shelters, headquarters, defense positions and vehicles had been hit by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters with Turkish army’s support during the same time period, the statement said.Turkish Air force also hit 21 ISIS targets in Syria’s Al-Bab and Bzagah regions, including control points, shelters, headquarters and vehicles used by the terrorists. The Turkish army is supporting FSA fighters in liberating Al-Bab, a strategic city for ISIS, from the terrorist group. Friday marks the 136th day since the city was surrounded in order to liberate it.The statement also said 43 mines and 2,757 improvised explosives had been defused since the start of the operation on Aug. 24.The Turkey-led Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror threat along the Turkish border using FSA fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jet read more

Calling for more female police UN officer welcomes new pact with INTERPOL

The new agreement between the UN and INTERPOL aims to boost policing cooperation in restoring stability in post-conflict areas, UN Deputy Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler told reporters in New York.The arrangement, agreed last week in Singapore, includes the exchange of information, cooperation in relation to interim law enforcement, security support to national police and training for the development of national police and other law enforcement agencies.“Our efforts to become more effective and highly professional through the development of strategic framework for international police peacekeeping depend on the commitment of Member States to provide well-qualified men and women who can contribute to fulfilling our core police functions and to train them in accordance to UN standards and values,” said Ms. Orler.“We have a real chance of making real improvements and we are counting on Member States to support us in these efforts,” she added.In August, the Police Division of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) launched a drive to recruit more police and more female police officers, targeting an increase in the number of women from 8 per cent today to 20 per cent in 2014, said Ms. Orler.“We encourage Member States to establish a policy that sets the percentage of their contribution of female police officers at a minimum of the same percentage of female officers they have in their national police,” she said, noting that Liberia has already set the target.“The long-term goal is, of course, to have 50-50,” stressed Ms. Orler.There are currently around 12,000 policemen and women, from over 100 countries, serving in 17 UN missions, compared to 2,400 a decade ago. The Security Council has authorized the deployment of a total of 15,000 UN police to peacekeeping operations. 20 October 2009A senior United Nations official today welcomed a recent landmark agreement with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to strengthen police units in peacekeeping missions around the world, and called on Member States to contribute more women officers to those operations. read more

Canadian government looks to establish cannabis tracking system in its soontobe legalized

Ottawa is looking to set up a cannabis tracking system to collect information about marijuana products from licensed producers, distributors and retailers — just one of a host of proposed changes to be ushered in alongside legalization.Health Canada says the proposed system, which would not track individual cannabis users, would allow businesses and regulators to trace all products and address recalls.The tracking would also help to ensure cannabis is not being diverted to illegal markets, the department said, given the government’s stated and oft-repeated goal of limiting organized crime’s footprint in the pot trade.“Mandatory product track-and-trace systems are common features in other jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis for non-medical purposes,” the department said.Weed capital of the world: Canadian pot firms see medical exports growing under Trudeau lawPrivatize marijuana sales to avoid conflict of interest between public health and profit, C.D. Howe says in letter to Bill BlairThe specific requirements of the system still need to be developed, Health Canada added, noting similar systems are used in the U.S. to gather information about cannabis products.The department did not say how much the proposed system would cost — only that it intends to offset such costs through licensing and other fees.The government legislation did not offer any specifics on tax measures for marijuana, which was sure to be difficult to miss Thursday on Parliament Hill as aficionados gather to mark the annual April 20 pot celebrations known as 4-20.However, not everyone is cheering the government’s legalization efforts.Alex Newcombe, a 31-year-old medicinal marijuana user, said he is incredibly disappointed by the Liberal legislation introduced last week.“It is not anything other than prohibition 2.0,” Newcombe said, who is especially upset that the federal Liberals have not taken step to decriminalize the drug in the interim.“(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) could decriminalize it at a moment’s notice,” he said. “He’s the one stopping it at the moment — we’re calling him out on it.”The federal government has said repeatedly it has no plans to decriminalize marijuana until legalization is in place — a goal it hopes to achieve by July 2018.The Canadian Press read more

British cars among worlds best kept with £211 billion spent on service

British cars are among the best maintained in the world, with UK motorists spending a collective £21.1 billion a year on servicing and repair. That’s according to a new report – the first official industry analysis of the UK automotive aftermarket – published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).The report, The Importance of the Aftermarket to the UK Economy, commissioned by SMMT from independent research consultancy Frost & Sullivan, reveals that UK consumers spend an average £695.39 on car maintenance every year – some 12% higher than the average global spend per car of £621.62.2 The report also states that compared with other markets there are fewer cars in disrepair, generating excess pollution or needing new brakes on British roads.With more than 42,500 vehicle service and repair locations of all types, the UK aftermarket is a huge, diverse and highly competitive industry. With a strong franchised dealer network and the largest share of work carried out by independently owned businesses in Europe at 64%, it offers consumers a wide choice of where and how they have their cars serviced – and how much they spend. Parts and labour costs at independent outlets can be up to 65% and 45% lower respectively.The report also reveals the significant economic contribution made by the UK automotive aftermarket, which delivers an annual £12.2 billion direct to the UK economy and supports more than 345,000 British jobs. As the number and age of vehicles on UK roads increases, thanks to a healthy new car market, ever-improving quality and ever-more advanced servicing techniques, by 2022 the UK aftermarket is projected to be worth some £28 billion with an employee base of around 400,000.The report’s findings come as the first ever Automechanika aftermarket trade show in the UK opens today at Birmingham’s NEC. The exhibition brand already has a presence in 14 markets and the growing UK sector is the latest to be identified as a key investment destination.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The UK’s aftermarket is one of the most competitive in the world and plays a critical role in keeping Britain’s 30 million-plus cars3 roadworthy. Robust competition and a strong independent sector have helped reduce the cost of vehicle ownership in the UK and provided greater choice to consumers. For this growth to be sustained, however, the sector must stay abreast of evolving vehicle technologies and changing mobility patterns.”The UK aftermarket is already the fourth largest in Europe by car parc size, with more than 30 million vehicles in use requiring regular servicing and maintenance work, and it is set to overtake France to take third place by 2022. By the same measure, it is also the eighth largest sector of its kind in the world; bigger than those in Brazil, Korea, Canada, and even India.The way people buy and use cars is also changing rapidly which, according to the report, presents the aftermarket with both opportunities and challenges. The shift from outright vehicle purchase to leasing and a longer-term trend from car ownership to ‘usership’ will require new business models, while the new era of vehicle connectivity will also present opportunities for businesses prepared to embrace technological change.The digitisation of retailing is also having an impact on the way consumers’ needs are served, with motorists increasingly using the internet to compare prices and products and schedule maintenance work. The UK aftermarket is well placed to respond, with the highest penetration of online retail for automotive parts and services at 7%, ahead of Germany and France at 5% and 4% respectively.The report calls for a greater emphasis on investment in skills and equipment to ensure the aftermarket responds to increasingly complex vehicle technologies, as well as maintenance of competition regulation to ensure consumers continue to benefit from choice, convenience and competitive prices.Opening today and running until 9 June, the first ever Automechanika Birmingham will see thousands of investors and buyers visit more than 550 aftermarket and supply chain companies at the NEC. Of the 15 Automechanika trade shows that now exist worldwide, Birmingham’s event is set to be the second biggest debut behind only that of Frankfurt’s flagship show.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT1 SMMT: The Importance of the UK Aftermarket to the UK Economy, Frost & Sullivan, June 2016 combines in-house data from Frost & Sullivan and secondary sources with primary research. Interviews were held with a variety of participants in the UK during March, April and May 2016 to validate findings and confirm key figures.2 The average annual spend per car is approximately £695.39 in the UK. While the average spend on a personal car is often lower than this, fleet and leasing companies tend to spend more and may be more likely to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedules. Global spend based on an estimated 1.11 billion vehicles in operation globally and a global aftermarket retail value of £690 billion.3 The Importance of the UK Aftermarket to the UK Economy report uses DfT Vehicle Licensing Statistics: Quarter 4 2015 for Great Britain.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Packers place linebacker Nick Perry on injured reserve

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have placed Nick Perry on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending the veteran outside linebacker’s season.Rookie defensive end James Looney, a seventh-round pick out of California, was signed from the practice squad to take Perry’s spot on the roster ahead of the road game Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.Perry, who was counted on to provide pass-rush punch from the edge along with Clay Matthews, finishes the season with 24 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. He was also limited by an ankle injury this year.The addition of Looney will add depth to a line that might not have starter Mike Daniels for a while because of a left foot injury.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

Commentary Sir Charles sermon still rings true today

Charles Barkley is a prophet. But not for thinking the Bulls are going to beat the Heat, because that’s not going to happen. For the record, the Mavericks won’t be toppling Miami’s trio either. No, the “Round Mound of Rebound” 1993 Nike commercial makes him clairvoyant: “I am not a role model. I am not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” It’s an immutable truth. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t reflect the real world. Growing up, my favorite athlete was Ken Griffey Jr. I loved everything about him. I gawked at his poetry-in-motion swing. I reveled in the fact that he was a true five-tool player in for most of his career. And, as a native of Cincinnati, I felt extreme pride that he grew up in the Queen City and spent eight-plus seasons playing for the Reds. Most of all, I admired Griffey for constantly having a smile on his face. He thoroughly enjoyed playing the game of baseball. But at no point did I consider Griffey a role model. Luckily for me, I had my mom, my dad and my grandpa to emulate. Many other kids aren’t so lucky. They grow up in fragmented families, often with one, or even no, parent or guardian to speak of. Those people, not professional athletes, should serve as life’s prototypes for kids. It’s a shame some children aren’t even given a choice. Both role models and athletes have character flaws, but the difference is, your parents’ mistakes won’t be broadcast on ESPN or dissected in discussion boards over the Internet. Instead, your parents can have their cake and eat it too. They can sit you down and chat about your mistakes and also their own errors in judgment. Michael Jordan, on the other hand, can’t walk through your front door, sit down on your couch and open up about his past gambling addiction or divorce. Furthermore, it’s hard to trust an athlete to set the right example. Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Tiger Woods and LeBron James: All of them are professional athletes who, at some time, have captivated the attention of sports fans and even non-sports aficionados with their skills and runs on the history books. Jones, Bonds, McGwire and Sosa cheated. Woods cheated on his wife many times over. James cheated the idea of tactfulness. The truth is clear: Barkley’s right — don’t try to “Be like Mike.” Unless, of course, that’s your father’s name. read more

Mens Basketball Threestar prospect Justin Ahrens decommits from Ohio State

A day after former Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Thad Matta was fired, 2018 three-star small forward recruit Justin Ahrens has decommitted from the Buckeyes.“Due to coach Matta’s release, and after talking with my family, I would like to announce that I will be re opening my recruitment,” Ahrens said Tuesday in a tweet announcing his decision.He also mentioned that he will still consider attending OSU, and thanked Matta and the coaches for giving him the opportunity to play for the Buckeyes.Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 wing from Versailles, Ohio, is the No. 160 prospect in his class and the sixth-best player in the Buckeye State, according to 247Sports.One player in OSU’s 2018 recruiting class remains committed to the Buckeyes: four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin. pic.twitter.com/aGZ8vUPlZS— Justin Ahrens (@ahrensjustin12) June 6, 2017 read more

Amazon Key Now Delivers to Ford Lincoln Vehicles

first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls As if granting a stranger access to your house or garage weren’t creepy enough, Amazon Key now delivers to high-end vehicles.Following last year’s rollout to GM and Volvo cars, the retail giant has partnered with Ford to leave begin leaving parcels in select Ford and Lincoln automobiles.“It’s a convenient, secure way to ensure your packages are delivered directly to you when you are out for the day, anticipating bad weather, or wondering if your package is safe,” the Ford Motor Company wrote in a blog announcement.It’s also a convenient way to ensure your car is hijacked, damaged, or missing parts.Key by Amazon—available only to Prime members—is open to select Ford 2017 and newer models with FordPass Connect, as well as Lincoln 2018 and later vehicles equipped with Lincoln Connect.The program allows delivery drivers to unlock your car by linking Amazon Prime and FordPass or Lincoln Way accounts.Through In-Car delivery, eligible Ford and Lincoln owners now can have their Amazon Prime packages delivered to their vehicles (via Ford Motor Company)As with the firm’s home or garage drop-offs, an accompanying mobile app provides notifications throughout the process—including a heads up before delivery takes place, and confirmation the parcel was dropped off and the vehicle locked.“Plus, you are always in control,” the blog said. “So if you change your mind the day of delivery, you can block access to your car.”In which case delivery will be made to the building where your automobile is parked (be it a house, apartment, or office), or you can reschedule for another day.For now, Key In-Car delivery is available in 50 U.S. cities, including 13 new locations in North Carolina, Ohio, California, Michigan, Connecticut, Nevada, Virginia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New York, and Delaware.And, as Engadget pointed out, you have to station your vehicle within two blocks of the delivery address in a publicly accessible area (that means ticketed parking garages are off limits).This is just the “first wave of what’s possible,” according to Ford, which tipped on-demand car wash services.“People everywhere are actively looking for ways to simplify their lives,” the blog said. “At Ford, we are committed to working with these service providers to bring valuable, convenient options directly to our customer—or at least their car.”More on Geek.com:Amazon’s Alexa Will Speak Spanish in the US This YearAmazon Will Launch 3,236 Satellites to Offer Broadband Internet from SpaceFord’s ‘Self-Braking Trolley’ Takes the Stress Out of Grocery Shoppinglast_img read more

WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE SPOILERS 117 Smackdown taping results from Glasgow Scotland Tonight

first_img That is literally one of the dumbest ideas I’ve heard all day. Why would Undertaker want a rematch when he won the last one? It makes no sense. Nowhere in your incoherent rambling on, was there anything that could even come close to a rational thought. Everyone on this thread is now dumber for having read this. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. The following was taped on Tuesday from Glasgow, Scotland.The opening segment featured AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose and James Ellsworth. Shane McMahon comes out and announces that James Ellsworth will be Team Smackdown Live’s mascot at Survivor Series.Breezango def. The VaudevillainsBreezango earned the final spot on Team Smackdown Live in the 10-on-10 tag team elimination match.Naomi def. NatalyaBaron Corbin vs. KalistoCorbin fell down the apron and injured his ankle. Referee comes out to check on him, during that time and Kalisto does the frog splash on him as payback.Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan remove Baron Corbin from Team Smackdown Liveat Survivor Series due to injury. A replacement will be announced tonight.Becky Lynch defeated Alexa Bliss to retain the Smackdown Women’s TitleBecky won the match via submission while Alexa’s foot was on the ropes.Brian Kendrick vs. Kalisto for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship was announced for Survivor Series. It was revealed that if Kalisto wins the Cruiserweight division will be shifted from RAW to Smackdown Live.Curt Hawkins def. Apollo CrewsDolph Ziggler defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship against The Miz was announced for next week’s Samckdown Live.Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper def. Dean Ambrose, Kane and James Ellsworth in the main eventBray Wyatt pinned James Ellsworth to get the win.Shane McMahon is the fifth member of Team Smackdown Live for the Survivor Series PPV.Source: Robert Forbes & PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipHow To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky LynchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list November 8, 2016 at 6:29 pm Pinterest Andrew Renaldo Paul Meade Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Oh calm your tits, Rebekah. It was a joke. November 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm Now Playing Up Next November 8, 2016 at 6:03 pm Becky Lynch John Oliver Takes On The WWE November 8, 2016 at 4:44 pm Funny I Like How U Can’t Make A Good Comment But Copy That Shit Line From One Of Adam Sandlers Movies (I HAVE NO SOUL) IKILLU Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Breezeango/Vaudevillians for Match of the Year. I’ve been waiting a week for this Videos Articles FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 The Miz Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles November 9, 2016 at 3:14 am Google+ IKILLU How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Now Playing Up Next November 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm 7 COMMENTS WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Im Just Seeing It Now The Undertaker Returns 2 SDLive Next Week Asking For Another Match With Shane But Shane Says NO & Walks Away Undertaker Takes That As Disrespect For Payback He Attacks Shane At Survivor Series & Cost Team SDLive To Lose Against Team RAWSo On Smackdown Shane Gives The undertaker What He Wants Another Match With Him Jeffery Adam Phillips Brandon J God, I hope the Cruiserweights are brought to Smackdown. Let’s be honest, folks, they WILL get better representation over there. WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions November 8, 2016 at 9:24 pm WhatsApp Andrew Renaldo Facebook I knew it! How ironic is it that Smackdown is supposed to be the land of opportunity and Shane’s character has been shoving that line down the viewers’ throats since the brand split, yet he is in the Survivor Series match instead of giving an opportunity to another superstar. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Hughton focuses on the positives after Burnley loss

first_imgAfter losing 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says he’s delighted his team took six points from three games in a week.Brighton defeated Huddersfield away and Crystal Palace at home, before losing 1-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor, and Hughton feels they should not beat themselves up considering they won six points.“Overall I’ve got to be delighted. After the first two games, if we’d come here [Turf Moor] and not turned up, then it would have been a disappointing end to the week,” Hughton told the club’s website.“But I think we came here and had a go — I can’t accuse the players of not having a go — so we have to look at the week as not being bad.“We’ve played 16 games and nine of them have been away from home, so that’s also something to take into consideration.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“What pleases me is that outside of that top six, most teams can give one another a run. We’ve probably proved that at our best we are a match for any team outside of the top six.“What Burnley did last season was a wonderful feat, but you’ve got to have so many things going for you. Can that happen in the future? Well, that’s the future.“Our thoughts are still about improving ourselves and trying to make sure the gap to the bottom three is as big as possible.“At the moment it’s just about establishing ourselves. I still like to see us as a developing club and we’ll see where that takes us.”last_img read more

Sri Lanka speaker refuses to accept Rajapaksa as prime minister

first_imgKaru Jayasuriya, speaker of the parliament of Sri Lanka, attend a party leaders and members meeting at the parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka 2 November 2018.Photo: ReutersSri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament.President Maithripala Sirisena fired the sitting prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on 26 October and appointed Rajapaksa in his place, sparking a political crisis.Wickremesinghe has denounced his dismissal as unconstitutional and vowed to remain prime minister until parliament votes him out.”The majority of members are of the view that the changes … are unconstitutional and against traditions,” the speaker of parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, said in a statement.Sirisena suspended parliament after he appointed Rajapaksa, raising concern among political parties at home and among Sri Lanka’s traditional allies such as India, the United States and European Union.Rajapaksa is known as a Sri Lankan nationalist, while being close to China.He is seen as a hero by many among Sri Lanka’s Buddhist majority but has been accused by diplomats of serious human rights abuses in the war against rebels from the Tamil minority, which ended during his tenure as president, in 2009.He has denied abuses and said in a statement after he was sworn in he wanted to end religious and ethnic divisions in the country of 21 million people.Jayasuriya said most members of parliament had called on him not to accept the changes.”I will have to accept the status quo prior to the changes” until a majority in parliament accepted them, he said.On Friday, 118 members of the 225-seat legislature met the speaker and called for the reconvening of parliament. On Sunday, Sirisena said parliament would be recalled on 14 November.Jayasuriya said it was difficult for him to remain silent when the norms of democracy and the rights of a majority of members of parliament had been violated.Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama told a news conference Jayasuriya was not being impartial.The European Union warned last week it will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on human rights, amid worries stoked by the appointment of Rajapaksa.The United States and Japan have put some aid to Sri Lanka on hold because of the political crisis, Sri Lankan government officials have said.Sirisena has said Wickremesinghe was removed after his cabinet was dissolved in line with the constitution, but Wickremesinghe loyalists say it was unconstitutional.last_img read more

Japan Quits IWC to Resume Commercial Whaling

first_img Watch: Orca Performs ‘Belly Roll’ During Close Encounter With BoatPhotographer Captures Photo of Whale With Sliced-Off Tail After Boat Strike Stay on target Japan will reportedly resume commercial whaling next year, after exiting the International Whaling Commission (IWC).In defiance of the 1986 global ban on whale hunting, the country plans to resume operations in July, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.“The whaling will be conducted in accordance with international law and within the catch limits calculated in accordance with the method adopted by the IWC to avoid negative impact on cetacean resources,” he said in a statement, published by Reuters.AdChoices广告Hunting whales for their usable products—meat, oil, blubber—dates back to around 3000 BC; by the late 1930s, more than 50,000 whales were being killed annually. Plunging populations eventually led to an international moratorium on the commercial hunting of whales.Japan, however, took advantage of a loophole allowing for the slaughter of whales in the name of scientific research: It sent vessels to the Antarctic to kill hundreds of whales annually, their meat ending up for sale across the country.The practice ended in 2014, when the International Court of Justice ruled that the program was not legitimate.Japan’s withdrawal from the IWC, however, means it will be free to restart commercial whaling next summer—a move the Australian government is “extremely disappointed” with.“The decision … is regrettable and Australia urges Japan to return to the Convention and Commission as a matter of priority,” Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Environment Minister Melissa Price said in a joint statement.Greenpeace Japan Executive Director Sam Annesley agreed, calling on Japan to “urgently act to conserve marine ecosystems, rather than resume commercial whaling.”“As a result of modern fleet technology, overfishing in both Japanese coastal waters and high seas areas has led to the depletion of many whale species,”  according to Annesley. “Most whale populations have not yet been recovered, including larger [mammals] such as blue whales, fin whales, and sei whales.“The world’s oceans face multiple threats such as acidification and plastic pollution, in addition to overfishing,” he continued. “As a country surrounded by oceans where people’s lives have been heavily reliant on marine resources, it is essential for Japan to work toward healthy oceans. Japan’s government has so far failed to resolve these problems.”The Asian nation will still attend International Whaling Commission meetings, Yoshie Nakatani, an official at the foreign ministry’s fisheries division, announced.“It’s not like we are turning our back on the IWC and abandoning international cooperation,” she said, as reported by Reuters. “There is no change to our country’s respect for the rule of law and multilateralism.”More on Geek.com:Whale Fossil Reveals Surprising Evolutionary StepDead Whale Found With 1,000 Pieces of Plastic Trash in StomachAncient Whale Bones ID Species Lost From Mediterranean Sealast_img read more

Jazz up your winter wardrobe

first_imgWinter leaves fashionistas with restricted options of experimenting with colours, designs and cuts but one can try out some smart ways like layering and opting for classic pieces to make winter wear stylish.As the Seventies make a comeback at the International Fashion front this season (Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang), the leather dress with its sculptural shape and a rock-chic look, has become a must have in our Fall/Winter 2016-2017 wardrobe. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Layering of garments is the most creative and yet the safest way to look classy and stylish during winters. All you need is a strong sense of personal style and a tad bit of creative genes within you, and you can have a lot of fun mixing and matching pieces from your wardrobe, even those which have been rendered so very last season! While planning the winter wardrobe one cannot ignore the trends of the season and what’s trending this season are the patches, badges and embroideries. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive For those who are not so experimental and more adhering to the classic looks, we recommend few classic pieces to them, to form looks which are tried and tested as well as instantly chic. Styles such as a knee length wool coat – one of the most classic winter fashions, a knit cardigan – ideal for layering under heavy wool coats in the winter. When it comes to winter fashion, neck accessories play a very essential role. They can add that extra zing to the ordinary winter ensembles for the day. With sportswear trending in the business of fashion, bomber jackets are no more associated with so much of masculinity and mundane look. In fact it has transcended in daring and feminine range of colours and designs for those who care to explore beyond the classic black look. When all is settled, we can come down to basics – the bottom wear. Choose from the stylish lycrated leggings with zipper details, enzyme washed and beautifully crafted denims and formal trousers. When worn over leg warmers you can still enjoy our embellished and embroidered denim shorts and keep those biker boots handy to complete the look.last_img read more